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Paul Elliott - Chelsea FC - Biography of his Chelsea football career.

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Date: 01 November 1991

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      Central Defender
      Wednesday, 18 March 1964
      London, England.
  • Celtic FC
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 23rd September 1989 in a 1-1 draw at home to Motherwell (Aged: 25)
    • Club Career
      52 League apps (+2 as sub), 2 goals
  • Charlton Athletic
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 12th September 1981 in a 2-0 defeat at Crystal Palace (Aged: 17)
    • Club Career
      61 League apps (+2 as sub), 1 goal
  • Chelsea FC
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 17th August 1991 scoring in a 2-2 draw at home to Wimbledon (Aged: 27)
    • Club Career
      42 League apps, 3 goals
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Paul ELLIOTT - Chelsea FC - Biography of his Chelsea football career.


The phrase 'hard but fair' could have been written with Paul Elliott in mind. A majestic presence in the centre of defence, he signed for Chelsea in July 1991 for £1.4 million after a hugely impressive season with Celtic for which he was awarded the title of Scottish Player of the Year. An extremely powerful figure who was equally dominant whether the ball was on the ground or in the air, Elliott, not previously noted for his goal scoring prowess, scored twice in his first two home games for the club, a soaring header on his debut in a 2-2 draw with Wimbledon and a close range shot in another 2-2 draw, this time against Notts County. He also found the net in a pre-Christmas 4-2 victory over Oldham. However, it was for his defensive qualities that Paul had been recruited and his performances in a back four which was at times unconvincing were exemplary.


He quickly became the cornerstone of the defence and the young players around him, particularly Jason Cundy, visibly grew in confidence and stature as a result of his presence alongside them. The Blues league form was disappointing but they enjoyed a long run in the FA Cup. After wins over Hull and Everton without conceding a goal, they were pitted against Dave Bassett's Sheffield United in the fifth round. Chelsea's young side looked nervous in the face of United's aggressive approach but one man stood like a colossus in the face of the onslaught. Paul was simply magnificent as The Blues clung on grimly to Graham Stuart's first-half goal to seal a spot in the quarter-finals where they were beaten by Sunderland. Elliott took the captain's armband when Andy Townsend was suspended late in the season but an injury collected during the first half of a win over QPR led to him missing the last three games of the season, including a return to Aston Villa, one of his former clubs.


He was voted the club's official Player of the Year at the end of his first campaign. Paul began the new season alongside his former Luton colleague Mal Donaghy and the two experienced campaigners formed a solid unit but at the beginning of September, Elliott was the victim of a brutal challenge by Liverpool's Dean Saunders which caused severe damage to the ligaments in his right knee. After a typically brave battle to regain fitness, he was forced to concede defeat and retired from professional football in May 1994. However, he still had something to offer and in 2003 this outstanding man was awarded the MBE for his work with young footballers and the Let's Kick Racism Out of Football campaign. (Kelvin Barker)


1980–1983    Charlton Athletic    63    (1)
1983–1985    Luton Town    66    (4)
1985–1987    Aston Villa    57    (7)
1987–1989    Pisa    23    (1)
1989–1991    Celtic    52    (12)
1991–1994    Chelsea    42    (3)

Total        303    (28)